For those of you that watched the Army/Ohio State game, you know that one of Army’s best players, Rhyan England left the game with, what at the time looked like a really bad, potential season-ending knee injury.
It happened in the third quarter, it appeared that England was being held and was rolled up on by an OSU player. England couldn’t get up when the trainers got to him so the stretcher came out to get him. From the stands, I immediately assumed the worst and thought he tore his ACL.
The Black Knights cannot afford another loss to their secondary, CB’s Marcus Hyatt and Elijah Riley have yet to take the field this season, and Jalen Sharp is out for the season with an ACL tear. If they lost England, the defense would be in trouble.
But, there is some good news out of all of this, during Jeff Monken’s weekly press conference, he was asked about England and he said, “He was moving much better yesterday when I saw him, I don’t rule him out (for Tulane on Saturday). It may be something that we can put brace on. They may be able to get swelling down. You never know.”
If Army can get England back this week that would be great, but it is unlikely as Monken also said, “If I were a betting man, I would say it’s probably going to be another week before we can play him at the best, if we played him on Saturday, I would be shocked. You never know.”
Army fans shouldn’t expect to see Rhyan England take the field this Saturday against Tulane in New Orlanes, but getting him back this season would be huge. He is the leader of the secondary, starting in 32 games since his Yearling(sophomore) year. In that time he has only missed one game, due to a concussion.
Before the injury, he had seven tackles against the Buckeyes, he has 14 total on the young season.
The Black Knights will miss him this week, but hopefully, they will have him back on the field soon, or at least in time for Army/Air Force.
I wish Rhyan a speedy recovery and hope he is able to get on the field as soon as possible, as he is a lot of fun to watch play.